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The '''Dark Years''' was a term for the long years of hardship of the [[Men]] of [[Middle-earth]] during the [[Second Age]]. While [[Númenor]] flourished, the Men of Middle-earth endured trouble and war, and many of them turned to the worship of [[Sauron]] in this time. The Dark Years ended with the coming of [[Elendil]] and his sons near the end of the Second Age.
 
The '''Dark Years''' was a term for the long years of hardship of the [[Men]] of [[Middle-earth]] during the [[Second Age]]. While [[Númenor]] flourished, the Men of Middle-earth endured trouble and war, and many of them turned to the worship of [[Sauron]] in this time. The Dark Years ended with the coming of [[Elendil]] and his sons near the end of the Second Age.
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Other names of this period were the '''Accursed Years''', the '''Black Years''', the '''Days of Flight''', and probably also the '''Dark Days'''.<ref name=Foster>[[Robert Foster]], ''[[The Complete Guide to Middle-earth]]'' (1978), p. 82</ref>
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While Robert Foster claimed that the term 'Accursed Years' referred to the same period as the 'Dark Years',<ref name=Foster/> Mark Fisher has noted that the former is a "''term of uncertain meaning''" (it could also refer to the cursed [[Oathbreakers]], thus being a period roughly corresponding to the [[Third Age]]).<ref>{{webcite|author=Mark Fisher|articleurl=http://www.glyphweb.com/arda/a/accursedyears.html|articlename=Accursed Years: The long years of Isildur's curse|dated=|website=[http://www.glyphweb.com/arda/default.asp Encyclopedia of Arda]|accessed=19 May 2012}}</ref>
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The Dark Years was a term for the long years of hardship of the Men of Middle-earth during the Second Age. While Númenor flourished, the Men of Middle-earth endured trouble and war, and many of them turned to the worship of Sauron in this time. The Dark Years ended with the coming of Elendil and his sons near the end of the Second Age.

Other names of this period were the Accursed Years, the Black Years, the Days of Flight, and probably also the Dark Days.[1]

[edit] Controversy

While Robert Foster claimed that the term 'Accursed Years' referred to the same period as the 'Dark Years',[1] Mark Fisher has noted that the former is a "term of uncertain meaning" (it could also refer to the cursed Oathbreakers, thus being a period roughly corresponding to the Third Age).[2]

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth (1978), p. 82
  2. Mark Fisher, "Accursed Years: The long years of Isildur's curse" , Encyclopedia of Arda (accessed 19 May 2012)